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  • Real answers to real-world challenges
    Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:40
    Five interdisciplinary teams, made up of Penn State graduate students, presented their sustainability-related solutions to world challenges at the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Awards (SISCA), held on campus last fall at the Land and Water Research Building. These students highlighted the connection to their homes and their research, showing why their work matters not just to them, but to those around the world.
  • Graduate students develop sustainability solutions to change the world
    Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:40
    Five interdisciplinary teams, made up of Penn State graduate students, presented their sustainability-related solutions to world challenges at the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Awards (SISCA), held on campus last fall at the Land and Water Research Building. These students highlighted the connection to their homes and their research, showing why their work matters not just to them, but to those around the world.
  • Millennium Scholars Program connects diversity and STEM degrees
    Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:31
    Penn State's Millennium Scholars Program is in its third year of training a diverse group of students to succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is designed to promote camaraderie and confidence among incoming students as they set their sights on an advanced degree and life-long success.
  • Study abroad program hosts science fair for South African communities
    Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:55
    Professor of geography Neil Brown hopes to expand a successful science fair, held in South Africa, as part of broader efforts to bring value to global communities.
  • Researcher travels to New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina
    Mon, 08/31/2015 - 08:39
    Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, researchers are building a decision-making tool to help New Orleans plan and prepare for risks associated with climate change.
  • Penn State Berks' Scarpaci helps to lead sustainability program in Jamaica
    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:25
    As part of the college’s and University’s commitment to sustainability, Betsy Scarpaci, assistant director for Student Affairs/Residence Life at Penn State Berks, recently helped to lead a trip to Jamaica for a group of incoming Penn State students through the "LEAP in Jamaica: Sustainability Research Abroad" program.
  • Penn State hosts 19 National Science Foundation graduate researchers
    Wed, 08/26/2015 - 13:23
    Penn State is hosting 19 new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients for the 2015-16 academic year. The students join 62 prior recipients continuing in the University’s graduate degree programs in the Eberly College of Science and the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Information Sciences and Technology, and the Liberal Arts, as well as the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs.
  • Diapers, absorbents and a material that makes oil spills reusable
    Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:48
    Mike Chung, professor of materials science and engineering, has created a material that completely absorbs oil.
  • Scarpaci brings global sustainability experience to Penn State Berks
    Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:10
    Students at Penn State Berks will soon be able to experience sustainability initiatives in South Africa and other countries without ever leaving campus. Betsy Scarpaci, assistant director of residence life at Penn State Berks, has been instrumental in bringing an interactive kiosk to campus where students will be able to experience global sustainability with other Penn State students traveling abroad. Penn State Berks is the only campus in the Penn State system to have such a kiosk.
  • New Kensington student receives Penn State Achievers scholarship
    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:00
    Lea Long, a junior business major at Penn State New Kensington, was recently awarded an Achiever’s scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. Long received the John J. Cahir Penn State Achievers Scholarship for her academic potential, service to others, and willingness to work in order to defray the cost of her education. The Apollo resident earned a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Study finds geoengineering technique would not stop sea level rise
    Mon, 08/17/2015 - 08:21
    A new study finds albedo modification, a proposed technology to alter the Earth's temperature in an attempt to lessen the impacts of climate change, would not stop global sea level rise.
  • NSF funds Industry/University Center for Atomically Thin Coatings
    Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:12
    The study and development of atomically thin coatings will be the focus of a one of a kind National Science Foundation funded university/industry center.
  • Restored, historic plaster relief map on display
    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 12:32
    On Aug. 11, a recently restored, historically significant map was installed in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Flexible dielectric polymer can stand the heat
    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 12:00
    Easily manufactured, low cost, lightweight, flexible dielectric polymers that can operate at high temperatures may be the solution to energy storage and power conversion in electric vehicles and other high temperature applications, according to a team of Penn State engineers.
  • John Leone honored as Penn State’s Philanthropist of the Year
    Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:02
    Penn State has recognized John Leone, Penn State alumnus and longtime supporter, as its 2015 Philanthropist of the Year for the support that he and his late wife, Willie Leone, have offered to programs across the University.
  • Shale Network fosters collaboration, focuses on water quality
    Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:09
    Scientists shared what they have learned about water quality in the Marcellus Shale gas play during the 2015 Shale Network conference. The workshop, held in State College, brings together diverse groups, including industry representatives, environmental advocates, government agency employees and academics.
  • 2D materials researchers aim 'beyond graphene'
    Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:23
    Graphene, the first 2D material, hasn't yet lived up to its hype--but researchers are creating a wide range of other 2D materials with potential as semiconductors, air quality sensors, photoluminescent devices, and more.
  • Penn State SOLAR 2015 conference highlights advances, opportunities in solar
    Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:00
    Professionals, academics and students from across the nation and world will discuss opportunities and developments in the solar industry, including solar science and engineering, energy economics, public policy, education and energy efficient architecture at SOLAR 2015, the American Solar Energy Society's national conference, hosted this year by Penn State July 28-30.
  • Proposals for construction projects approved
    Thu, 07/16/2015 - 13:32
    The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today approved proposals for designers for an agricultural digester, replacement of dairy barns and renovations to the Deike Building. It also heard updates on three projects in progress.
  • Sinnott appointed head of materials science and engineering
    Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:18
    Susan Sinnott, alumni professor in materials science and director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Atomistic Simulation at the University of Florida, has been named head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State, effective August 1, 2015. Sinnott will take over departmental duties from Gary Messing, distinguished professor of ceramics, who has been department head since 2001.

VOICES of Our College:  Earth and Mineral Sciences
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences celebrates its rich heritage and tradition of excellence through sharing the spoken words of the people who have influenced our history. The compelling accounts of their experiences, hopes, and visions for our future demonstrate the power of stories to engage us and spur us to actively participate in shaping the next generation of our graduates. Be inspired and entertained as you listen to the stories of both past and present people of EMS! You'll find audio files and view photographs of current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Discover how the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has built a community dedicated to teaching, research, and service, to industry and society.  <<Listen to the VOICES of EMS>>


Penn State Faculty:  The Experience of Online Teaching
The World Campus has produced a great video that features Penn State faculty (Sarma Pisupati, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering) discussing their experience of online teaching.  These faculty stories illustrate the variety of course types, instructional design models and levels of faculty engagement in World Campus courses. <<VIEW VIDEO>>


Penn State:  Inspiring Researchers
In research, small breakthroughs can make big impacts . . . impacts that can save lives.  Jim Adair and his team at Penn State are transforming the way we treat and detect cancer . . . <<VIEW VIDEO>>